In my book, If I Knew then What I Know Now, I wrote how there is so much wisdom in the past experiences of others and how people who have come before us left information behind for us to use in our lives. I have also come to the realization that we don’t necessarily use this wisdom but reinvent… and reinvent… and reinvent “new” ideas.
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to say we shouldn’t invent things that are new ideas. People are forever thinking and dreaming, which is absolutely part of life and what moves society forward (perhaps that’s subjective depending on the subject – maybe we move backwards, sometimes, too).
However, introducing an idea of reflecting on what was learned in the past, and how the information could help us, was the best way I could think of to introduce the topic of this article and the following discussion.
I’ve been “dabbling” in learning about Chakras here and there over some years / months, but never really delved in. Some people will say, “Oh, that’s hokey stuff”. My husband is one of them. BUT, I truly believe there is real validity in this knowledge.
Last night I sat at the kitchen table speaking with my daughter Jackie and her friend. They are working very hard on reconnecting to “source”. They are only in their early 20’s; and, with what I know now after many years of reading and learning, am so grateful that they are where they are at this point in their lives. I only wish I had been more aware so I could have shared what they are learning now with them when they were younger. At this point in their awareness, they have far surpassed my awareness, to which I am grateful.
So, after that long introduction and explanation, here’s what happened that has caused me, a person who will turn 50 in a few days, to consider this “new” concept that has been around well over 3,000 years.
I believe what I learned this past week was valuable. For those who think it is “hokey”, that’s o.k.
But, hopefully, my sharing my story and experience will help someone else.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a little stubborn. I get an idea in my head and, no matter what, I will strive to accomplish it. But, here’s the bad part. I don’t listen. I don’t listen when people say it’s not the right path. This past week, my not listening fully affected my body, as well.
Looking back over the years in my life, I realize that “not listening” to signs and experiences have adversely affected my health and my body many times. Remember the Time to Play Philosophy is “happy, healthy, have money and work life balance”. When we do not feel well, being happy and feeling healthy certainly are disqualified from this equation. Perhaps, based on the circumstances, we lose the “have money and work life balance”, the other two parts of the time to play philosophy, too.
BUT, if we are listening, we can circumvent a negative life experience.
So, this past week I actually created a physical illness in what I’ve learned was my root Chakra while fighting for something that I was told was not the right move. I, myself, believed it was and was going to do everything I could to move forward. And then, this past Thursday night, not only did I not sleep, but became physically ill including an upset digestive system, fatigue and joint pain throughout my whole body. It was at that point I “woke up”. Armed with the little knowledge I had about Chakras, I realized there was a root cause to what I was feeling.
So I went to the all-knowing Google and searched for the symptoms of a blocked / clogged Root Chakra.
What I read was what I was physically experiencing.
I have been following Lisa Beachy and her morning wisdom for some months. I knew she had a meditation for clearing the Root Chakra (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol5rRFSC1_s – it is only 4 minutes long), which I took the time to complete. I included it here if you think that you may need it, as well.
Before this “aha” moment, I hadn’t really understood.
This whole experience was something I actually needed. Almost 50 years of life did not give me the education that I did receive in this one stroke of awareness. Once I listened, and “got it”, my body, physically and emotionally, started to become well.
I don’t intend to give anyone information that they may feel uncomfortable with, but kind of think this information has merit and is worth looking into and considering.
We all know we can make ourselves physically ill and have heard of people having a heart attack due to stress.
This chakra stuff has been around forever, originating in India between 1500 and 500 BC. In my book I wrote how we make mountains out of molehills, and maybe investigating the Chakra system may be one path to search for what ails us and affects our quality of life.
BUT, please note – this is not an easy fix. From what little I understand, the Chakra system starts with our mind and our thinking, two areas that may be the hardest to affect.
Something else I finally “got”: How our emotions are our guide if we are doing something we should or if we are not. I have been learning this, telling people this and reading about this, but, again, didn’t “get it”. Hopefully now that I understand a little better what this whole emotional guiding system is, I can use it to better enjoy my life. The concept makes sense, but reading and saying is much different than doing because you “get it”.
I learned I need to “Just Listen”.
Here is a table of information I found which includes a “Chakra Aches Index”: http://www.inner-truth.net/healing/chakras/chakras.html
Additionally, please go to www.spritualgirlfitness.com and download Lisa Beachy’s “How to Eat for Your Chakras”. I believe that the easy to understand information I listened to yesterday, and wisdom she imparts on her audio program, (it’s 38 minutes long) was very valuable to me.
If you are feeling crappy in any way – headaches, exhaustion, joint pain, etc., it may really be worth a few minutes of time to listen and look into. I believe the whole thing makes sense and is useful to have in our “toolbox” of skills for life.
I know that every day is a learning experience. I know it gets tiring to hear me say that, but, it’s true. No matter how you think you’ve “gotten it”, learning is continuous. I, personally, do not believe that any one of us is an “expert” in life, nor do I believe that any one of us is perfect.
We can just try the best we can.
Hoping my “aha” gives you an “aha”!
After all, I believe it is time to enjoy life. It is time to play…
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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC is a board certified healthcare executive, a certified professional life coach, the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life and author of If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life. The concept behind time to Play and the Time to Play Foundation was absolutely created out of LOVE. Please see http://www.timetoplay.com/ for more information.